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#1031775 - 12/05/04 09:40 PM Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...  
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is anyone trying to play this piece from the Reader's Digest book? I find it kind of tricky...

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#1031776 - 12/06/04 07:37 AM Re: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...  
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Most of the pieces in that book are "tricky". smile That song does look especially challenging if you want to play both the melody and harmony. I would recommend either starting with a simpler piece or learn it with just the melody notes first.

Where possible, try to incorporate the organ bass notes in the chords. Play them lightly and they'll add some nice color.

#1031777 - 12/06/04 01:14 PM Re: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...  
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Thank you Bob.
Btw, what is the movie, "Meet me in St. Louis" about? That is where the song comes from.

#1031778 - 12/06/04 01:30 PM Re: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...  
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From IMDB :

St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He however, barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transfered to a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair.

It's a fun movie to watch, and you may know some other songs sung in it.

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#1031779 - 12/06/04 01:35 PM Re: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...  
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Thank you for your reply. I'm feeling kind of sad while I play this song since the words are kind of depressing, aren't they? Things like "our troubles will be out of sight..."

#1031780 - 12/06/04 02:47 PM Re: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...  
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Yes, it's a bittersweet song. And lovely to play on the piano. I have the Reader's Digest Christmas book you are talking about. I think it's a good comprehensive volume with versions that are generally learned quickly and sound "full" enough to enjoy.

#1031781 - 12/09/04 05:54 PM Re: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...  
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yeah, that's my technique. play either the melody [treble] or harmony [bass] first, whichever's easier to play.


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